"To teach is to create a space in which the community of truth is practiced."

-Parker Palmer

"When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope. Through this common search, hospitality becomes community. Hospitality becomes community as it creates a unity based on the shared confession of our basic brokenness and on a shared hope."

-Henri Nouwen

Mission:

Practicing embodied soul care through faithful presence.

 

Vision:

Helping churches become field hospitals for the sick (sin) and the wounded (suffering) through the cure of souls.

 

Core Values:

  • Advocating recovery from sin and suffering as an opportunity to connect more fully with God, self, community and creation.

  • Approaching our role of counselor as a wounded healer.

  • Walking with people seeking to heal and grow in a collaborative process.

  • Communing with Christ as the essential catalyst for transformation and wholeness.

  • Helping people form identity and shape purpose rooted in faith, hope and love in Christ.

  • Encouraging meaningful connection through the redemptive community of the church.

  • Helping leaders throughout the city to cultivate redemptive communities conducive for recovery.

 

Statement of Faith: 

Polis adheres to the Westminster Confession of Faith.

 

Counselor Bios:

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Chris Ball, M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Southeastern Baptist Seminary

Chris was born and raised in Virginia, and is a person in long-term recovery from drug addiction. He studied Psychology & Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, before moving to the Raleigh area to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. At SEBTS, Chris studied under Dr. Sam Williams and earned his Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. He gained experience counseling and teaching at Converting Hearts Ministries for several years before launching a new Bridgehaven Counseling Associates office in downtown Raleigh in partnership with the Summit Church and Christ the King Presbyterian Church under the supervision of Brad Hambrick. He served on the City of Raleigh’s Substance Abuse Advisory Commission, and was also a founding board member of Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC), a non-profit that seeks to promote addiction recovery, wellness and citizenship through advocacy, education and support. In relocating to Seattle, Chris developed Polis Recovery Project to be a trusted clinically-informed yet distinctively Christian counseling resource for the Puget Sound region. His approach to counseling as ‘cure of souls’ blends spiritual formation, pastoral psychology and spiritual direction. Chris views his vocation as a way to help empower individuals to become their true selves in Christ and to restore the social architecture of redemptive communities. His work focuses in the areas of addiction recovery, trauma recovery, sexuality and mental health issues.Chris is a devoted, third generation Boston Red Sox fan. He lives in West Seattle with his elegant and brilliant wife Ashley Rea and their two pups, Rusty Ray and Keller Bear. Ashley and Chris belong to All Souls Church (PCA) in West Seattle, where he serves as a ruling elder.

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Jane Greisen, M.A. in Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Jane grew up traveling Route 66 as her family moved often between the Midwest, Texas and California. Her family settled in Chico, California, where Jane completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at California State University, Chico. She has also received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Jane has spent many years serving in her local church in a variety of counseling related activities. She has been enriched by her time supervising group counseling, training lay counselors, and meeting one-on-one with women in all stages of life. Her “counseling office” has taken many forms including walking in local parks. Jane and her husband, Marc, have lived in the Seattle area since they married. They enjoy long walks, time with their children and son-in-law, and serving in their local church together.

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Lisa M. Pratt, M.A. in Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Lisa M. Pratt holds her Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She has also completed the certificate program offered by the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) School of Biblical Counseling.

Lisa is committed to furthering her understanding of various counseling issues from a biblical perspective by regularly engaging in additional coursework and seminars.

Lisa has been involved in counseling ministry for several years. She has been trained in and has experience working with issues such as marriage counseling, mood disorders, sexual issues, and more. She has a particular interest in working with women who have been or are currently involved in oppressive and abusive marriages.

Lisa enjoys life with her family and her two little dogs. She loves being outdoors, writing on her blog, mining the depths of Scripture, and thought-provoking conversation.

She counsels both men and women, seeking to wisely walk with each as is appropriate to their circumstance.

Board of Directors:

  • Peter Barrett, M.B.A Georgetown University, Peter works in Finance at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. After a decade in Washington DC, Peter and his wife, Kara, and their children moved to Seattle, where they've lived since 2015.

  • Shane Patrick, ThM. Dallas Theological Seminary, Shane was born and raised in in Rockford, Illinois. After graduating high school Shane attended college at Auburn University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and then at University of Texas at Dallas, where he received his Master of Science degree in Management. For almost a decade Shane then worked in various roles within the field of Information Technology, before sensing a calling into full-time ministry. This led Shane to back to graduate school at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Theology degree (graduating with honors). Since graduating from seminary Shane has been active in full-time pastoral ministry, while slowing chipping away at a Doctor of Ministry degree as well. In 2015 Shane became one of the founding pastors of Sound City Bible Church near Seattle Washington, where he and his family currently live. Shane married his beautiful best friend, Stephanie, in the year 2000, and together they have three wonderful and rambunctious boys, Dillon (14), Gibson (11), and Colson (7).

  • Thad Williams, Ph.D. University of Washington, Thad is an educator in the Bellevue School District teaching middle and high school emergent bilingual students and also working with teachers. He is the Secondary Multilingual Curriculum Developer for the Bellevue School District. Additionally, Thad is an adjunct professor at Seattle University in the Teacher Education Program. Thad recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington with an emphasis on teaching immigrant youth and emergent bilinguals, K-12 district policies and teacher learning. Thad lives in Seattle with his wife Lauren and their four children.

 

Advisory Board:            

 

  • Ben Van Steinburgh, J.D. Ben practices law in Raleigh, North Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Christ the King Presbyterian in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife Tyler and 3 children.

 

  • Sam Williams, Ph.D. Sam is Professor of Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and elder at North Wake Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Dr. Williams came to Wake Forest from a private practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana and serves Polis as an invaluable resource of experience in his field. He is married to Mindy and they have children, Sarah, Matt, Andrew and Stephen.

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea..."  -Antoine de Saint Exupery     "And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all."     1 Thessalonians 5:14

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea..."
-Antoine de Saint Exupery

"And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all."

1 Thessalonians 5:14

cball@polisrecoveryproject.org

206.552.4360

West Seattle office & Polis' mailing address:

(Trinity West Seattle Church)

7551 35th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98126

  • free parking on Ida Street

  • enter on the Ida St. family entrance

Ballard office: 

(Trinity Church Seattle)

6512 23rd Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98117

  • free parking across the street in church parking lot

  • on 23rd Ave. use the entrance to the right with 8 steps and the call box

  • please contact your counselor for the call box code to enter the building

  • 2nd floor—room 217

Donate to Polis Recovery project

Polis is a 501c3 nonprofit organization financially supported through the charitable giving of individuals, families and churches, who believe in the vitality, wisdom and Kingdom impact of Christian counseling. As a nonprofit organization, we strive to make resources available to all people, so that finances are not a barrier in seeking help. In order to sustain the viability of the ministry, the suggested rate of donation per session is $90. Some give more or less, and others are supported by their family and/or local church. Polis gives away 5% of all donations to support church planting.

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